Take your home into the zone! Savvy style ideas to create distinct, yet connected, zones in an open-plan space
Open-plan spaces need you to carve out distinct yet connected zones. These savvy style ideas will help you do just that!
without the furnishings and personal possessions that make it a home, a house – be it a new build or one that’s been around for generations – is a blank canvas ready for you to decorate. Tap into the ideas that follow and, whether you’re planning a full-on reno or simply redecorating a room, you’ll appreciate the effect details such as shiplap, built-ins, a mix of furnishings and rich layering can have on spaces. When it comes to open-plan living areas, unity is important, so keep materials and colourful details consistent throughout.
DIVVY UP If you have the luxury of a larger than usual open-plan space, get creative with your furniture arranging and rug placement. Create two living zones – one for family and social gatherings (see floor plan overleaf), the other for ‘me time’ or cosy chit-chats, as here.
DISGUISE THE TV How do you deal with the big black hole on the wall that is your television set? Once upon a time you could hide them in a cabinet. Not so now! The best way is to camouflage it within a gallery wall of prints and pictures in soft colours that don’t vie for attention when the telly is on.
To create intimacy where no walls exist, an open-plan layout relies on you to strategically place furniture, rugs and lighting to provide a feeling of separate yet connected rooms.